What have the Romans ever done for us? Perhaps this list of 10 interesting facts about the Romans will help you see their effect on our lives and also how their lives differed from ours…
1. Blondes Have More Fun
Women in ancient Rome dyed their hair with goat fat and beech wood ashes. Red and blond were the most popular colors.
2. Soap Shmoap
Instead of soap, Romans used oil, which they rubbed into their skin and then scraped off with a metal tool called a strigil.
3. Come on You Reds!
Roman charioteers belonged to racing clubs or teams. The most well known were the Whites, Blues, Greens, and Reds.
4. Circus Maximus
The Circus Maximus, an arena in Rome to watch chariot races and gladiatorial combat, could hold as many as 250,000 spectators. New York’s Yankee Stadium holds approximately 60,000 people.
5. Keep Dogs on Lead…
Lead was used as both a preservative and a sweetening agent.
6. Slippery Journalists
Associated with Mercury, the messenger god, a caduceus (a winged stick encircled by two snakes) came to be linked with postal workers and journalists. The caduceus of Mercury is often confused with the rod of Asclepius—a staff with a single serpent—which is a symbol of medicine.
Romans played board games such as chess, draughts, and tic-tac-toe.
8. That’s Big…
When the Roman Empire reached its territorial peak in 116 A.D., it spanned 2.5 million square miles.
9. Roman Baths.
Roman bath houses used an advanced heating system called hypocaust to heat the caldarium (hot bath) and tepidarium (lukewarm bath), as well as the floors and walls of the complex.
10. Sounds Mental
The trepan, or drill, that ancient sculptors used to create their art was also used as a surgical instrument to bore holes into the skull. This procedure (called trepanning) was thought to cure headaches, treat brain disorders, let out evil spirits, and treat insanity.